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Can myths be laid to rest and fairies slain? The green fairy, like her sisters, has shown remarkable endurance and is determined not to disappear.

Today, thanks to a marked trail from Pontarlier to Noiraigue, the Franco-Swiss land of absinthe ...

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Absinthe Hiking Trail

Absinthe Hiking Trail

New in 2015 ! The Pontarlier Absinthe Festival will be held on the 18 and 19 of July 2015 in Pontarlier,  this year a hike is organized between Pontarlier (Fr) and Môtiers (Ch). ...

Maison de l'Absinthe : now open !

Maison de l'Absinthe : now open !

The "Maison de l'Absinthe" has open its door in Môtiers, Switzerland. You can discover the story of Absinthe with a great collection of various items and exhibitions. The "Mais...

Get your copy of the "Route de l’absinthe" brochure!

Get your copy of the "Route de l’absinthe" brochure!

This 68-page brochure traces the Franco-Swiss history of absinthe from the 18th century to modern times ...      

HIGHLIGHT

Le Pic Assiette

Le Pic Assiette

Specialities: exotic cuisine (Polynesian fondue by prior arrangement) and Franche-Comté dishes. ...

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Surprising finds from a fire

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11 August 1901. Pontarlier's largest distillery, the Pernod distillery, is ablaze. The vats of alcohol could turn into lethal bombs!

The Mitterrand soufflé

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When absinthe was banned, a Swiss restaurant owner was brought to trial for daring to serve a "Fairy Iced Soufflé" to President Mitterrand during an o...

Absinthe recipe from Môtiers

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Discover the recipe of Georges Matthey-Claudet. A "resister" from the Val-de-Travers and coppersmith in the village of Môtiers, he specialised in maki...

The green hour

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Absinthe consumption peaked around 1900 and was present on every table at aperitif time, renamed "the green hour".

Military absinthe

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It was only from 1830 that absinthe consumption really took off, thanks to the unintentional support of French colonial troops.

Medical absinthe

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The medicinal and therapeutic virtues of wormwood for digestive problems have been recognised since ancient times, but it is also useful for other com...

Absinthe and the law

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In France, following the banning of absinthe, "resister" distillers make it to the front page of the papers and are taken to court.  

Underground absinthe

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Following a series of raids by the Swiss Alcohol Board to seize stills and absinthe in the 1960s, the Val-de-Travers earned a reputation as a rebellio...